I did a question-and-answer swap with Dave Behr and Kirk Bohls from the Austin-American Statesman who cover the Texas Longhorns questions about Saturday’s Wyoming-Texas game.
Look for more Q&A exchanges like this every Friday with writers who cover opponents the Cowboys play each week.
The first series of questions are answers provided by Behr and Boles to my questions. The second is answers Behr gave to me.
1. What is the quarterback situation like right now at Texas? Will a two-quarterback system work short or long-term and how do you see that transpiring as the season goes on?
Behr: A lot has been made of the Texas quarterback situation, but it was widely believed by the local media that David Ash was the guy the whole time. Having said that, Case McCoy made strides this offseason and made the decision tougher than the coaches likely anticipated. They’re going to try to stick with David Ash for the vast majority of the plays when Saturday’s outcome is still in doubt, but you may see McCoy come in for a drive or two earlier than most teams would plug in their backup. As long as Ash doesn’t regress on Saturday, and the rest of the year, he’ll remain Texas’ No. 1 quarterback.
Bohls: Sophomore David Ash won the job and was announced as the starter last Thursday. Mack Brown and co-offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin have said all summer they will play two quarterbacks this season, but declined to reveal how much if any backup Case McCoy will play in the opener. It makes sense because there has been very little separation between the two, and both were wildly inconsistent last year. That said, Ash figures to get the majority of the snaps. He’s a bullish runner with a strong arm but needs to improve his decision-making and his accuracy.